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NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS FLORIDA SUNSHINE TOUR

NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS FLORIDA SUNSHINE TOUR

TOWN CENTER MAIN STAGE | SATURDAY & SUNDAY | 1:30PM to 5:00PM

During the Grand Wine Tastings, the top songwriters from Nashville will perform their hit songs as part of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s (FRLA) Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour. This entertainment is sponsored by FRLA and VISIT FLORIDA, in conjunction with BMI Nashville.

2018 PERFORMERS

Aaron Barker

Aaron Barker

Aaron Barker was born in San Antonio, Texas, and began his musical career in a “variety band”. He stayed with his band for many years and played everything from Bob Wills to Bob Seger.

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Driving his bus from place to place, he began playing with original melodies and lyrics hoping to create his own songs. His first attempt, recorded by George Strait on the If You Ain’t Lovin’, You Ain’t Livin’ album, went number one in Billboard. Not knowing what this meant to his future, Aaron continued to work in the band and played songs for anyone who would listen. Aaron began developing his own sound, and refining his original material in small clubs and cafes where he would play on weekends. One night after a long father and son talk, he wrote “Love Without End, Amen”. Believing this would be a song that he would play for his family, Barker decided to see what would happen if he sent it to George Strait. Strait recorded it and it stayed at the number one position in Billboard Magazine for five consecutive weeks. Barker also wrote Strait’s # 1 song “Easy Come, Easy Go” and Lonestar ‘s “What About Now”. His songs have also been recorded by Doug Supernaw, Clay Walker, Neal McCoy, Aaron Tippin and Willie Nelson. Barker turned “Love Without End, Amen” into a book in 2002. He was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007. Aaron says,”These are real stories about real life, I’ve lived a lot of life and I also drawn on the lives of people I have crossed paths with.” His background and the knack for honest, heartfelt communication has molded Aaron Barker into a songwriter of depth and power, as well as making him a dynamic entertainer.

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Dave Fenley

Dave Fenley

Dave Fenley could be called lucky by any musicians standards. Moved to Nashville for a week and was seen by the power couple Blake and Miranda at a Whiskey Jam show.

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Was pulled outside by Miranda and asked to join her “Locked and Reloaded” tour with Dierks Bentley on the spot. Flash forward 3 years and he has performed in front of millions of people with the queen of country as the front man for the progressive band Jukebox Mafia as well as a semi-finalist on Americas Got Talent season 8. As a writer, Dave has written with some of the top brass in Nashville and has had numerous album cuts. Dave was also voted Male Vocalist of Texas by the Academy of Texas Music 3 years in a row. Dave Fenley is not someone you wanna overlook because you don’t know his name yet, he will be a household name soon. 

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Ashley Gearing

Ashley Gearing

THINK OF THE ALL-AMERICAN WARMTH OF CARRIE UNDERWOOD, WITH THE EDGY BUT PLAYFUL SOULFULNESS OF SHERYL CROW.” Said, Mallory Abreu, The Boston Globe

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Ashley Gearing was just 12 years old in 2001, when she released her first single to country radio making her the youngest female to ever chart on the billboard charts. The county music community instantly welcomed her. In her younger years, Ashley graced the stage of The Grand Opry, performed at The World Series, sang with The Boston Pops, was featured on several Bestselling Disney records for young adults, as well as various synch spots on ABC, and traveled across the U.S opening for country’s biggest acts. She shared her contagious smile, warm presence and powerful voice all while pursuing a normal education, ultimately leading to a college degree from the esteemed Belmont University. After spending 9 years in the Curb Records Company honing her craft, Ashley recently decided to begin a different path and take on new adventures in her career to add to the already very long list. Now at 25, Ashley stands at the top of her game, ready to show the world the soulful, entertaining powerhouse she truly is. Check out AshleyGearing.com.

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Gurufish

Gurufish

A funk/pop explosion with an extra tasty touch of glam. Unforgettable melodies fused with galvanizing grooves give birth to songs that will make your whole body smile…

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“Sexy, funky-as-hell, pop music” is what critics are saying about Gurufish (Ear Magazine). Electrifying audiences everywhere with their own provocative blend of pop, funk and soul, Atlanta’s Gurufish is best known for their high-octane live show, fueled by irresistible melodies wrapped around hypnotic, funky grooves. After a great start to the year with a sold out showcase at SXSW, Gurufish was listed by PASTE Magazine as one of the 25 Georgia Bands You Should Listen to Now. They were also honored with the distinction of being recognized by the GA Music Awards as Georgia’s Best R’nB/Funk Band and recently appeared as featured performers on the WB network’s “The Originals”.

Founded by singer/songwriter/producer Jimmy St. James, Gurufish performs live as an 8 piece ensemble with Matty Haze on guitar, Steve Dixon on drums, Trey Williams on bass, and a full horn section.They are currently playing dates in support of their critically acclaimed release,”Mohair Supreme”, while recording and preparing for a new release in the spring of 2018. Gurufish has shared the bill with such prestigious acts as: Meaghan Trainor, Colbie Caillat, Parliament/ Funkadelic, The Flaming Lips, Boys 2 Men, The Brand New Heavies, Mother’s Finest,Cowboy Mouth, Nikka Costa, Derek Trucks, Galactic, Cypress Hill, Ghostland Observatory, P.M. Dawn, The Spin Doctors, The White Stripes, LMFAO, KC & the Sunshine Band, The Isley Brothers, and Foreigner.

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Frank J. Myers

Frank J. Myers

Frank J. Myers is originally from Dayton, Ohio, but moved to Nashville in 1981 to pursue a career in music. He got his start in Nashville as band leader, road manager and lead guitarist for Eddy Raven in 1981 and worked with Eddy for 9 years.

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It was with Eddy that Frank started writing, playing and co-producing sessions. They had 2 number ones, 5 number twos and 3 top tens with songs such as I Got Mexico, Bayou Boys, You Should’ve Been Gone By Now, Sometimes A Lady and many others. It was in 1982 though, that Frank had his first single (a song he wrote by himself) with You And I for Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle which stayed number one for four weeks Country, number two for six weeks AC and number 6 for four weeks Pop. It was during his time with Eddy Raven that Frank met Gary Baker. They had their first number one together in 1993 with Once Upon A Lifetime by Alabama. Gary and Frank recorded one album for MCG/Curb Records as Baker & Myers and were 3 time nominees for Duo Of The Year at the ACM’s and CMA’s. Their greatest accomplishment as writers together came when John Michael Montgomery recorded I Swear which was number one for 4 weeks on the Country charts. The song was then recorded by All 4 One and went to number one on the Pop charts and stayed there for 11 weeks. Since then, Swear has won these awards:

American Songwriter Magazine

Pop, AC, R&B, Country and Overall Song of the year

Pop, R&B, Country and Overall Songwriters of the year

1st Annual Country Radio Awards

Single and Song of the year

CMA AWARDS

Single Of The Year

Song Of The Year nomination

Grammy Awards

Country Song Of The Year

Best R&B Vocal and Song Of The Year nomination

ACM Awards

Single and Song Of The Year

NSAI Awards

Award for Country, Pop, and AC Song Of The Year

ASCAP Awards

Country, Pop and R&B Song Of The Year

Billboard Magazine

#1 Song of 1994

Jukebox Awards

1994 Song and Songwriters Of The Year

International Song Of The Year Canada, Germany, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and China

Frank also co-wrote the 7-week number one smash by Lonestar, I’m Already There, which was nominated for a Grammy and CMA Song and Single Of The Year. The song also went to number 2 on the AC chart. It was also named American Songwriter Magazine’s Country Song Of The Year and Frank was voted Country Songwriter Of The Year, along with Gary Baker and Richie McDonald. His single My Front Porch Looking In by Lonestar is the first record in R&R history to go to #1 fall to number #2 for 6 weeks and go back to #1.

His latest #1 was Tomorrow by Chris Young which was also nominated for ACM Single Of The Year. Frank has had songs recorded by over 50 Country and Pop Artists. He’s had 12 number ones and 20 top tens. Frank has co-written and produced songs for such artists as Kenny Loggins’ Target project, the debut CD for Andy Griggs on Montage Records, wrote 7 songs and produced Richie McDonald’s Christian/AC project I Turn To You which was nominated for a Dove Award for Best Country Christian CD in “09” and co-produced Richie McDonald’s Christmas CD If Everyday Could Be Christmas, wrote and produced independent act Matt Gary’s debut single The Days You Live for his follow up CD entitled Matt Gary. He also coproduced South Of Me for newcomer Robby Johnson which went to #18. The video stayed number one on CMT’s Pure Country Countdown for 7 weeks. He is currently writing for various projects. Frank has a list of artist and producer co-writes that include partner Gary Baker, Chris Young, Anthony Smith, Billy Montana, Ash Bowers, Josh Thompson, Adam Anders, Richie McDonald, Ronnie Dunn, David Lee Murphy, Travis Tritt, Uncle Kracker, Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson, Kenny Loggins Howie & Kevin of BSB, among others. He is also a member Leadership Music’s class of “05”.

Frank was nominated for a Dove Award in “09” for his writing and production work on I Turn To You recorded by Richie McDonald. This was his first Dove Award nomination, as well as his first Producer nomination.

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Danny Myrick

Danny Myrick

A little bit muddy water Mississippi, a little bit California beach bum, Danny grew up playing, singing and writing for his family gospel band while being consumed with 70’s FM radio.

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A little bit muddy water Mississippi, a little bit California beach bum, Danny grew up playing, singing and writing for his family gospel band while being consumed with 70’s FM radio. He achieved his first #1 gospel song as a writer at age 17 before moving to Nashville and spending the 90’s singing lead in country rock band, Western Flyer. After Western Flyer disbanded, Danny’s vocal talent lead to singing 100’s of songwriter demos as well as adding background vocals to numerous albums by the likes of Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry and Keith Anderson before focusing on his passion for writing songs. As a writer, Danny’s musical diversity has led to cuts by artists ranging from Tim McGraw to Joe Cocker and he has celebrated numerous hit songs, including Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester” Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” and 2009’s most played country song, “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean. In addition to Billboard Top 5 song “I Love This Life” with LoCash, Danny is enjoying success with Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Maddie & Tae, Gloriana and Dean Alexander.

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Chris Newbury

Chris Newbury

Chris has come into his own as a Singer/Songwriter. The son of music legend Mickey Newbury, has mastered not only his dad’s haunting style of guitar, but also the emotion and feel in his songs.

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He was recently featured in a one hour segment of the Music Row Radio Show. Chris has quickly become a favorite along the Gulf Coast.

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Bo Roberts

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Brian Sutherland

Brian Sutherland

Brian Sutherland is a Nashville based singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist whose music could only be described as eclectic.

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His music tends to lend itself to be a mix of folk, country and jazz songs with one common thread, Sutherland’s ability to paint a vivid picture lyrically.  A fan of all music, Brian draws much of his inspiration from timeless artists like John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Steve Warner, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, James Taylor and many more.  Sutherland’s 2017 EP, “Coming Home”, is available now.

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